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Tools of the Trade: Big Stitch Quilting.

big stitch tools_carolyn friedlander

While I’m talking about tools, here’s what I use when I’m doing big stitch hand quilting.

+ Thread (such as Presencia Perle Cotton in all different sizes. 8- and 12-wt are my favorites.)

+ Safety pins (not pictured, but I like using the curved kind)

+ Thimble (such as Clover Protect and Grip)

+ Plastic adhesive thimbles (such as Colonial Thimble-It)

+ Needles (such as Colonial Big Stitch Quilting Needle Pack)

+ Small scissors or snips (such as Kai N5100 4″ scissors)

And that’s it.

perle cotton thread_carolyn friedlander

Except for the Nest Egg Tote. I have one strictly devoted to holding and hauling my big stitch supplies. It lives a full and active life.

big stitch supplies in a nest egg tote_carolyn friedlander

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Talking about QuiltCon on Modern Sewciety.


alturas quilt blocks_carolyn friedlander


Hey, so I did a pretty bad job of announcing this, but I’ve got a couple more classes that were just added for QuiltCon. I’m teaching my Alturas project (pictured above) on Friday, Feb 20 from 6pm-9pm, and I’m doing a big stitch hand quilting (see below) class on Saturday, Feb 21 from 6pm-9pm. I’m pretty excited about both because they are handwork classes in the evening, which is totally my preferred time to slow sew. Of course since it’s QuiltCon, and since we’ll be in Austin with so many other awesome quilty friends, I’m not sure how effective any attempts at winding down might be since I’m sure we’ll all be pretty amped up from all of the QuiltCon excitement. Both classes will be appropriately paced for folks who have or haven’t tried either technique before. They will be loads of fun.


big stitch hand quilting_carolyn friedlander


Stephanie had Cheryl Arkison and me on her Modern Sewciety podcast to chat about QuiltCon. You can head over here to listen to what we chatted about.


Modern Sewciety episode 42


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